Lagos arraigns BRT driver over alleged rape, murder of Bamise

Missing BRT passenger Oluwabamise Ayanwole

Lagos State Government on Tuesday arraigned the driver of a bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicle Andrew Ominnikoron before the state High Court.

Mr Ominnikoron was charged with four counts bordering on conspiracy, murder and rape of Oluwabamise Ayanwole.

Justice Sherifat Sonaike ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Nigerian Correction Service in Ikoyi. She adjourned the case until May 9 for trial.

Earlier, the director for public prosecutions (DPP) Jide Martins told the court that the defendant allegedly committed the offence on November 25, 2021 and February 26 at Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki-Ajah Expressway and Carter bridge, Lagos.

The DPP said that on February 26, the defendant conspired with others still at large and killed Ms Ayanwole, 22, and threw her out of a moving bus.

He alleged that the defendant also raped the passenger.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 165, 223, 260 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court had earlier this month remanded the defendant pending the DPP’s legal advice.